Jury still deliberating in Shannon Johnson’s murder trial


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FLORENCE, Ala. – A Lauderdale County jury continues to deliberate the fate of Shannon Johnson. After a day and a half, they still haven’t decided.

Thursday afternoon, the jury went home about 4 p.m. They will return Friday morning.

They have been deliberating since mid-day Wednesday, when Johnson’s murder trial wrapped.  One final witness took the stand and defense attorney Chris Childers made a brief statement to jurors then rested the case.

Johnson stands accused of beating Keith Barnett, and with his brother, dumping Barnett along Highway 17 in Alabama.

Keith Barnett’s father, Kenneth, testified for the prosecution.  Mr. Barnett said his son was never able to verbally communicate with family after being hospitalized.

Two months after the beating, Keith Barnett died at UAB Hospital.

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